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History of Makati City

Ever wondered how Makati was discovered? The Basque-Spanish explorer Miguel López de Legazpi who was the first Governor of the Philippines and also the founder of Manila discovered the place and was mistakenly told that the river’s tide that the residents were pertaining was “Makati na, Kumati na”. Legaspi thought that it was the name of the place. The settlement was later named San Pedro de Makati after its patron saint. It was then proclaimed as a public town of Manila in 1890. After the Americans have colonized Luzon from Spaniards, San Pedro de Makati was incorporated in the Rizal province. After a year, Americans described the town as “a pueblo on the south shore of Pasig River,” known for a “resort for convalescents”. From San Pedro de Makati, it was shortened to Makati in 1914. Makati became a part of the national capital region and has become the center of commercial and financial industries in the 1970s. It was proclaimed as a city in 1995.

Did you Know?

There are some trivia that you still don’t know yet about the places in Makati. This city has a lot of stories to tell:

  • Ayala Triangle – was used to be an airport before World War II. During the birth of commercial aviation, Nielson Airport was built; the first airport in the Philippines.
    • Ayala Avenue and Paseo de Roxas – used to be the runways of the airport
  • Nuestra Señora de Gracia and Saints Peter and Paul Church - Two (2) of the earliest Catholic churches
  • Makati became the “Selfie Capital in the World” in 2014 by the Time Magazine
  • Makati has seven (7) underpasses and located only along Ayala Avenue and Paseo de Roxas
  • Santa Ana Racetrack – the second horse racing track in the country during American Colonization; the place is already known as Circuit Makati.
  • PBCom Tower – tallest commercial building in the country located in Ayala Avenue

With its “The Financial and Business Capital of the Philippines” monikers, Makati City has a lot to offer. It has numerous commercial buildings located not just in the city center but also to the fringes of the city. It offers most of the things you can probably think of.

Premium Commercial Hubs

The place where you can roam around in the interconnected malls such as Glorietta, Greenbelt, and SM Makati. This place has a lot of retail stores to choose from:

  • Glorietta
  • Greenbelt
  • Magallanes Shopping Centre
  • Alphaland Southgate Mall
  • SM Makati
  • Century City Mall
  • Paseo Center
  • SM Jazz Mall
  • A.Venue Mall

PEZA Sites - Makati Central Business District

Being the premier business district in the country, aside from traditional offices, the city also houses PEZA-accredited buildings both located in city center and fringes:

  • Insular Life Building
  • Libran House IT Center
  • The Paseo Center IT Building
  • The Peak Tower
  • [24]7 Plaza (formerly MJ Plaza)
  • 6750 Ayala Avenue Building
  • 6780 Ayala
  • 6788 Ayala Avenue Building
  • BA Lepanto Building
  • BPI Buendia Center
  • Convergys IT Building
  • ePLDT Ventus Jupiter Building
  • G. T. Tower International
  • Glorietta 1 BPO
  • Glorietta 2 BPO
  • Glorietta 5
  • Goodland I.T. Center
  • MSE Center
  • Multinational Bancorporation Centre
  • Pacific Star Building
  • PBCom Tower
  • People support Center IT Building
  • Philamlife IT Tower
  • RCBC Plaza
  • Robinsons Summit Center (formerly JG Summit Center)
  • SLC Building
  • Solaris One (formerly Dela Rosa E-Services Building)
  • The Enterprise Center
  • Tower 6789
  • Trafalgar Plaza
  • V-Corporate Centre
  • Zuellig Building
  • Makati Gateway
  • Maria Cornelia IT Center
  • Philcom Building
  • SGV Building
  • Ayala Triangle Gardens 2
  • NEX Tower
  • One Ayala Avenue

PEZA Sites - Makati Fringe

  • 8 Rockwell
  • Cash and Carry Mall
  • TechZone Building
  • 2251 IT Hub (formerly Wilcon IT Hub)
  • Allegro Center
  • Alphaland Southgate Towers
  • Burgundy Corporate Tower
  • Century City
  • DPC Place Building
  • ECO Plaza
  • Exportbank Plaza Building
  • Jazz IT Center
  • King’s Court IT Center
  • Marvin Plaza Building
  • McKinley Exchange Corporate Center
  • MJ Corporate Plaza
  • SM Makati Cyber Zone 2 Building
  • SM Makati Cyberzone Building
  • Alsons PTX Office Building
  • Atkimson Building
  • Circuit Corporate Center 1
  • Circuit Corporate Center 2
  • Dohle Haus Manila
  • ePLDT VITRO Makati Data Center
  • EWestPod
  • First Maritime Place
  • Gomez Office Building
  • JB Building
  • MK2 Data Center
  • Offices at 100 West
  • Green Sun (formerly Solid House)
  • TC Realty Corp. - IT Makati Building
  • Centuria Medical Makati
  • Forbes Media Tower

Tourist Destinations and Landmarks

Apart from its vibrant culture, the city is offering a wide array of tourist spots to stroll:

  • Artsy and Museums
    • Vibrant Art Scene
    • Museo ng Makati
    • Yuchengco Museum
    • Ayala Museum
  • Religious
    • Saints Peter and Paul Church
    • Plaza Cristo Rey
    • Nuestra Señora de Gracia Church
    • Ermita de San Nicolas de Tolentino
  • Parks / Gardens
    • Ayala Triangle Gardens
    • Makati Park and Gardens
    • Poblacion Park
    • Legazpi Active Park and Washington SyCip Park
  • Recreation
    • Century City
    • Circuit Makati
    • Rockwell Center
    • Ayala Center
  • Others
    • Salcedo Community Market
    • Culinary and Creative District

Festivities, Events, and Activities

The city is active as well when it comes to festivities and activities that can be enjoyed by different generations:

  • Art in the Park
  • Art Fair in the Philippines
  • Likhang Kamay
  • Festival of Lights
  • Makati Food Festival
  • Pelicula Spanish Film Festival
  • Chinese New Year Festival
  • Kasuotang Pilipino Fashion Show and Makati Fashion Week
  • Caracol
  • Fete de la Musique
  • Semana Santa
  • Baile de los Arcos


There are many options to choose from when you want to commute going to Makati.

From requesting to ride a private car through a car-booking app, point-to-point buses that go to other cities in the metro, to riding rail transits. Makati is a convenient place to go to.

  • Metro Rail Transit Line 3 – MRT Line 3 runs from the North to South route of Metro Manila. This can serve over 1,100 passengers across 16.9km of Metro Manila in 30 minutes. There are four (4) stations that traverse the city: Guadalupe, Buendia, Ayala, and Magallanes stations.
  • PNR Metro Commuter Line – This helps to decongest traffic in various areas of Metro Manila and nearby provinces. There are four (4) stations that traverse the city: Buendia, Dela Rosa, Pasay Road, and EDSA stations.
  • Metro Manila Subway – The project is an underground rapid transit line that is still under construction. This project will have 17 stations and will link Metro Manila cities such as Valenzuela, Quezon City, Pasig, Makati, Taguig, Parañaque, and Pasay. There will be one station that will pass through the city (Kalayaan station). The project is expected to serve around 370,000 daily passengers in its first year of full operation by 2025.

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